Gov. Mitt Romney continues to poll highly in crucial swing states with less than two weeks to go until Election Day. New polls show him in the lead in Virginia and Florida, as well as nationally. It's not all bad news for President Barack Obama, as he maintained leads in Ohio and Nevada.
The latest Rasmussen poll of Virginia shows Romney still in the lead. The survey of 750 likely voters preferred Romney by two points, 50-48 percent. The margin of error was 4 percent. Romney has won all but two polls of Virginia this month, and leads by an average of 1.4 percent.
In a new poll of Ohio by Time, the president's lead was up to 5 points over Romney, 49-44 percent. The poll surveyed 783 likely voters with a 3 percent margin of error. Obama has been steadily ahead in Ohio for much of October, losing only once to Romney all month. The two campaigns are fighting hard for Ohio's 18 electoral votes, as both sides believe the winner of Ohio will ultimately win the Electoral College vote.
A new Public Policy Polling survey of Nevada again shows Obama with the advantage, 51-47 percent, matching his largest lead so far in October. The poll surveyed 636 likely voters with a 3.9 percent margin of error. Depending on what happens in the east on Election Night, Nevada's six electoral votes could be the ones that officially determine the winner of the election.
Romney still has the upper hand in Florida, but by the slimmest of margins. A new Gravis Marketing poll of 1,182 likely voters gave Romney the edge, 50-49 percent, with a 2.8 percent margin of error. After trailing in Florida almost the entire summer, Romney has flipped the state into his column, winning all but three polls of Florida in October.
Romney continues to lead in the two major tracking polls, and by the same margin in both. For the first time this election cycle, both Gallup and Rasmussen have identical results, with Romney ahead of Obama 50-47 percent. And in a snapshot poll conducted by the Associated Press, Romney led Obama by two points, 47-45 percent, with a 4.2 percent margin of error. Starting tomorrow, Rasmussen's survey window will consist solely of interviews done after the last presidential debate. Gallup's window will not be completely past the debate until next Tuesday. Since the final debate, Obama has cut Romney's lead in the Gallup poll from seven points to three, while Romney has increased by a point in the Rasmussen poll.